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Funds for path to 2014

Nanise Loanakadavu
Friday, November 23, 2012

"PEOPLE say we will never have parliamentary democracy, but we will."

Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama said Fiji would be a fairer democracy, a democracy built to last.

He said $1m would be allocated for the work of the Constituent Assembly.

And in the preparation for the first sitting of Parliament under the new constitution, $1m would be allocated to refurbish and upgrade the existing parliamentary complex.

"We're preparing in earnest for a return to parliamentary democracy in 2014," Commodore Bainimarama said.

He said the Constitution Commission's work would come to an end at the beginning of January, 2013.

He said following the submission of the draft constitution by the Constitution Commission to President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, a Constituent Assembly would review the draft constitution before final adoption.

Commodore Bainimarama said there was one glaring difference between his government and those that came before it.

"We deliver and we deliver for all Fijians," he said.

In return, he said they expected all citizens to meet certain standards of behaviour.